Why does Weld RE-4 need to ask taxpayers for funding, and why doesn't growth pay for itself? Learn more.

Q: Since 4A and 4B didn't pass, what happens next?

Unfortunately, plans outlined on this site are on pause until funding can be secured. The district will begin meeting with stakeholders and the community to determine a path forward soon. Watch this page and our Facebook page for updates and ways to engage.

Q: How many schools are in Weld RE-4, and how many students do we serve?

This school year (2021-2022), Weld RE-4 serves more than 8,200 students (an increase of 800 students from the 2020-2021 school year). The district boundary encompasses 100 square miles, and includes Windsor, Severance, West Greeley, and unincorporated Weld County. Our district is home to two high schools, two middle schools, four elementary schools, one primary school, and one charter school that offers elementary, middle, and high school programs.

Q: How many of these students come from outside of our boundaries?

Due to capacity issues, Weld RE-4 greatly limits how many choice applications it accepts from students outside of our boundaries. In the 2020-2021 school year, there were only 206 choice applications accepted in traditional schools districtwide (does not include Windsor Charter Academy). It is important to know that Colorado is an open enrollment state. By law, students can choose to attend their assigned neighborhood school or “choice in” to another public school within their district or even outside their district, and the district has to accept them if there are space and programs available to serve them.

Q: Where would the new elementary schools have been located?

The two new elementary schools would have been located in the Peakview and Raindance neighborhoods.

The Peakview location would decrease overcrowding at three schools: Grandview, Range View, and Mountain View/Tozer. It would have allowed us to serve Severance families currently in Grandview’s boundary, at Range View.

Due to the size of the Raindance development, we expected to open the school with significant enrollment. This location would also havea ccommodated enrollment from new housing developments on the western part of our district boundaries.

Locating elementary schools at Peakview and Raindance would have balanced enrollment at each our K-5 campuses at an average of about 520 students each.

Q: How much was the potential bond package?

Investments were expected to be $179 million. For estimated cost to taxpayers, please see “The Investment” page.

Q: How much was the potential Mill Levy Override, and what would it pay for?

The district expected to need a $3 million mill levy override to collect additional property tax dollars for operational expenses (staff and program costs) of the two new elementary schools. The cost to taxpayers is included in the amount listed on the “The Investment” page.

Q: When was the last time Weld RE-4 asked for bond funding?

In 2016, voters approved a school bond of $104.8 million for renovations and innovations at Windsor High School (including the construction of an Innovation Center), the construction of Severance High School, facility investments and improvements across the district’s elementary and middle schools, and facility improvements to other district facilities. Learn more about the 2016 Bond Oversight Committee and read their final report.

Q: How would my property taxes have been affected?

It was estimated that property taxes would increase $7.50 per $100K. So, a home with an assessed value of $450K would have seen a $33 increase. Commercial property taxes would increase $29.50 per 100K.

Q: What is the difference between a bond and a mill?

Typically, bond measures helps fund the capital projects (the school construction), whereas the mill levy overrides fund operations (teacher salaries, operational costs, etc.).

Q: Why was Weld RE-4 considering a bond program?

Growth in student enrollment in Weld RE-4 is aligned with new neighborhood developments within our boundaries. In 2020, the number of single-family home permits in Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley combined (approx.1,400) rivaled that of those granted in Wellington, Loveland, Fort Collins, and Timnath combined (approx. 1,500).

All Weld RE-4 elementary schools are currently near or above 100% utilization. Both middle schools are currently over 100% utilization. In the 2021-2022 school year, elementary school capacity is projected to be at 108% and middle school capacity at 110%. The district already has 28 modular classrooms on campuses across the district. Meanwhile, Weld RE-4 is anticipating 900 new elementary students between 2021 and 2024 and a near-term need to add capacity to serve 500 more middle school students.

Best practice is to add capacity when building utilization reaches approximately 110-115%. Anticipating continued residential growth in our communities, the Weld RE-4 School District is on a four to five-year bond investment cycle.